Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fowler, McIlroy to play prime-time golf 

exhibition in Detroit

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are working with Quicken Loans to finalise a prime-time head-to-head exhibition match in Detroit on June 7, the Tuesday before U.S. Open week begins at Oakmont outside of Pittsburgh, according to an Associated Press report.
According to the report, the first two hours would be televised on Golf Channel, followed by a two-hour live broadcast on CBS. The report said it was unclear how many holes would be played.
The event is being billed as Team Rickie vs Team Rory, which would indicate a team concept will be involved. T
From the report:
Golf has a heritage of such exhibitions. A century ago, the value of winning a major was to be selected to compete in such exhibitions, where the prize money was greater than anything won at a major.
Woods resurrected that concept in 1999 with the "Showdown at Sherwood" against David Duval (they were No. 1 and No. 2 in the world at the time), and a year later against Sergio Garcia.
Those Monday night exhibitions got away from head-to-head matches and switched to team events that included women and seniors. They stopped in 2005.
The rating peaked in 2000 at 7.6, and dropped to 3.0 in 2005 when Woods and John Daly played Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen at the Bridges on Rancho Santa Fe. Lights were only used at those matches when it got too dark.



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